Mini showcases the John S Cooper Works for the first time
|   Thursday, February 07, 2013
Mini has upgraded its 1.6 liter turbo charged N18 engine, in the John Cooper Works and has remapped the ECU settings. All vehicles from Mini sporting the Works badge features a new engine, be it the Mini GP or the JCW Country Man models. However, much power enhancement has not been made although a remapped ECU calls for more power generation. Power generation on the JCW hatchback is still stuck at 192 ft lbs of torque and 208 BHP.

Mini however claims that the throttle response has been increased while the fuel efficiency has been increased while the CO2 emission is decreased.
The pistons have received a heavy modification and features redesigned rings and crowns. The turbo feed pipe also features an extension in dimension and the air intake pipe has been increased in girth. All these features call for better drive ergonomics and make the vehicle increasingly powerful.

The new engines have a combined fuel efficiency of 42.8 MPG while its predecessor featured 38.7 MPG. CO2 emission has also been reduced to 153 g/km from 169 g/km. The basic drive train has been enhanced while makes driving the vehicle an easy and enjoyable task. The Works engines have been enhanced and feel smooth as compared to its predecessors.

0 – 60 MPH comes in close to 6.5 seconds and it is hard to differentiate between the accelerating capabilities of both the vehicles unless driven back to back. The chassis has been reformed and this is a major modification the John Cooper Works feature. Throttle and torque formation at low RPM is decent and the vehicle performs well at higher RPMs too.

However considering the fanfare that Mini had announced prior to the launch, more power was expected from the Works engine. However, Mini has its own appeal and people who opt for the Mini John Cooper Works will do so purely because of the brand name. Though the John Cooper Works is a decent vehicle, it has nothing new on offer and this makes it quite predictable and reduces the fun factor associated with driving the vehicle.

This Mini is not cheap and the company is offering enhanced body and performance kits along with the car, for an added cost and on request, to customers who would like to pay extra for them. However, Mini has succeeded in making the John Cooper Works eye catching and this is one of the most beautiful hatch backs on road today. With the launch of the John Cooper Works, Mini has taken the brand name to a different level and competition in the hot hatch segment is set to increase.

The Fiat 500 is in direct competition to the Mini John Cooper Works and people finally have excess on their platter to choose from. An increase in wheel base is expected and Mini plans on rolling out variants of the hot hatch within the upcoming months. Although the launch date has not been finalized, Mini is expected to come out with the details within the next few months.
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